But after host Alisyn Camerota put the question to him directly, Gowdy confirmed that an investigation actually began on Tuesday night - hours after FBI Director Christopher Wray indicated during congressional testimony that the White House has been lying about how much information the FBI shared with the administration about Porter's alleged history of abuse and when it was shared.
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Porter was sacked last week after two former wives came forward with allegations that he had abused them during their marriage.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that a background check of Porter was completed months before he resigned.
"The committee is investigating the policies and procedures by which interim security clearances are investigated and adjudicated within the executive branch, and the extent to which any security clearance issued to Porter comported with those policies and process", Gowdy wrote to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Porter's boss.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday a White House office manned with career bureaucrats had yet to sign off on Porter's security clearance.
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But Gowdy was unimpressed, saying the chronology was "not favorable to the White House". Again, I am biased towards the victims, ' the former federal prosecutor from SC told CNN's New Day. "As Director Wray said, information was still coming to the White House personnel security office in February", she said. McGahn told Kelly last fall there was concern about information in the background investigation involving Porter's ex-wives, the official said, and Kelly expressed surprise that Porter had previously been married.
"We are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don't have", the South Carolina Republican told CNN. You can call it official.
A senior administration official told the AP that that number could be as high as two dozen.
'What did you know, from whom did you hear it?' Gowdy said.
Porter resigned after Holderness and his second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, came forward with allegations of emotional and physical abuse.
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A road goal and/or a clean sheet would go a long way in setting up Spurs to advance with the second leg coming at Wembley. Of course there will be interest from other clubs because he's doing really well but hopefully he'll stay'.
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